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Viewpoint of Atalaia

Lagos

Viewpoint of Atalaia, located at the top of the cliff to the west of Porto de Mós beach, the landscape is superb, seeing the coastline to Sagres.

To the west, the prevailing colours are light greys, the much laminated, precariously-balanced cliffs being made of marl (limestone with a high clay content).

A thick layer of clay collects at the base of the cliff in the rainy months, which the locals say has medicinal properties.

Plants such as Mediterranean saltbush, saltwort and shrubby sea-blite, which are well-adapted to sea spray, grow on the cliff face, while reeds grow in the spots where there are signs of running water.

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